I'm making the switch, not only to apple, but also to a laptop. I'm having a hard time figuring out the best way to do things for my needs though. Now, I understand that as always, the top end of computing is really more expensive than it's worth (ie. your performance/$ is lower than in the higher-middle range). I just know so little about mac specs, I'm having a hard time figuring out where to draw the line. Like everyone, I want the best bang for my buck. I'm willing to spend a bit more now so that it will last me much longer, but I'm not looking to spend a *ton* more so that I can brag about having the best framerate on whatever the hot game of the month is. The only game it needs to run is WoW. It will be used for the standard surfing/music/chat, as well as a fair amount of fairly heavy photoshop/illustrator. Also perhaps some audio recording. I do a lot of work in Maya at school, so I may fiddle with the simpler projects at home too. My dilemma comes about as to whether I want a macbook pro or just a macbook (assuming thats the name scheme adopted for the new ibook). Is the pro too 'pro' for me? Or will it have better staying power (like it's more in that highest value 'middle range' band)? Since the macbook isn't out yet, I understand that's hard to answer, but take a guess for me based on the old models' differences and uses? Thanks for the help.  A couple other things. There shouldn't be any problem with using my 19" BenQ LCD as a second monitor instead of a mac-brand widescreen one should there? And when at home with your laptops with a base-station sort of setup, I know many people use a proper mouse since scrollpads are kind of clunky. Do many people use a full normal keyboard too?